Should You Be Clicking Pictures Horizontally Or Vertically?

If you have been photographing for a while then the question of whether you should click the picture horizontally or should you do it vertically might have arisen a couple of times.

This isn’t much of an issue but is quite confusing and bothersome in typical situations.

By definition, horizontal pictures are those that are wider than taller and vertical pictures are those that are taller than wider. However, in order to solve the above-stated query, you will need to dig down a bit deeper.


Ideal Situations For Horizontal Photography


The sole purpose of a camera is to click the picture of a certain situation and render it in such a way that depicts almost exactly what our eyes see in that certain situation.

Idealizing this simple fact as a general rule, most of the cameras nowadays are focused towards horizontal photography.

Our eyes are set to see horizontally as a horizontal view provides a bigger coverage of the area than the vertical view. Therefore, by default, you will find your camera to set to take pictures horizontally and surprisingly, many photographers don’t even bother changing it.

But if you are a serious photographer then you should definitely be aware of the fact that taking horizontal pictures isn’t suitable for all situations.

Horizontal photography tends to suit well in the following cases:

  • LANDSCAPES: When you are taking a picture of a whole view then it will probably be best to use the horizontal view so that you can cover as much area as possible.


  • OBJECTS IN MOTION: When your photography object(s) is/are in motion in the horizontal view then in order to capture a better-depicting picture, the horizontal view is probably the best idea.


  • WIDER OBJECTS: In the case of a wider object, horizontal photography is the best option.


  • PANORAMIC: If you want to capture a panoramic picture probably using panoramic stitching then you should probably stick to the horizontal side.


Ideal Situations For Vertical Photography


If one side there’s horizontal photography then on the other there is vertical photography. A position for capturing vertical photographs is possible by shifting the screen, changing the camera settings or by moving the camera itself to sideways.

Many photographers fail to understand the difference they can achieve in photographs just by taking it up vertically rather than horizontally in some typical situations.

Vertical pictures are more focused towards attention and detail and they are best suited for situations that have these 2 things as a necessity.

Some ideal situations for vertical photography include:

  • PORTRAITS: Portraits appear best when they are taken vertically rather than horizontally. Unless and until it’s a group picture of 3 or more persons, the horizontal way is not advised in this case.


  • OBJECTS IN MOTION: When your photography object(s) is/are in a motion in the vertical view then in order to capture a better picture, the vertical view is probably the best idea.


  • DETAIL FOCUSED: When the picture requires an extra element of detail then opting to vertical photography is suggested.

Now, in some cases, you may click the picture in the horizontal view and then later realize that it might have looked better in the vertical view. In such cases, the final resort of photo editing should be used. Photo editors provide a way to rotate the photo in 4 different views (2 horizontal and 2 vertical) which can be used to change the view of the photographs.

However, it should be noted that the end result may or may not match your expectations. So it’s better to carefully analyze which view will be the best for your photograph before actually clicking it.

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